In the document President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed Tuesday in Singapore, Trump "committed to provide security guarantees" to North Korea and Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," specifically "reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration" signed by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Both leaders also pledged to "join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula," and said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and "a relevant high-level DPRK official" will meet "at the earliest possible date to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit." Both sides also committed to "recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified."
The White House hasn't yet released the document, but a photographer took a legible photo of it when Trump held it up after signing it. "The agreement, while a large step forward in what will likely be a lengthy process to normalize relations between the two countries, provided no details about how the U.S. and North Korea plan to achieve these goals," Axios notes. Reuters correspondent Josh Smith had some specific questions:
Devil will be in the details from now on: What do they mean about "new relations" and a "lasting and stable peace regime"? What about does "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula"? Does the vagueness mean they couldn't agree? Or are they leaving themselves room to maneuver? https://t.co/qesc9wbUpS
— Josh Smith (@joshjonsmith) June 12, 2018
Marc Ambinder was unimpressed by the level of specificity:
Forget about the devil. The details aren’t even in these details. https://t.co/ONznDac7hR
— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) June 12, 2018
New York Times security analyst Max Fisher, meanwhile, noted that things could be worse.
2) An empty Trump-Kim statement (which they appear to have just signed) is a normal, low-pressure way to keep that process going
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) June 12, 2018
And that is ... something. Peter Weber